It's easy to get started with Dux-Soup Pro
Dux-Soup helps over 60,000 users around the globe to automate repetitive lead generation, sales and marketing tasks every day - and rightly deserves its place as a leading LinkedIn automation tool.
Put very simply, this automation includes sending a personalised LinkedIn connection request, organizing and engaging with prospects, and following up until you feel it’s time to ‘switch to manual’ and close the sale.
This blog is an updated version of our perennially popular ‘Get Started’ series and provides a step by step guide on how to set up Dux-Soup Pro.
But before we begin - let’s start with the basics...
What Dux-Soup Pro can do: the main features
Before getting into the set up process, it’s worth highlighting what Dux-Soup Pro can help you to do:
- Find Prospects
- Share and re-engage with LinkedIn prospects
We’ll talk about these features in detail after we show you where to start if you don’t have Dux-Soup installed on your browser yet.
You can purchase Dux-Soup Pro here with a monthly or annual payment plan.
So how does Dux-Soup actually work?
Dux-Soup Pro is a Chrome extension that, used properly, can mimic human-like prospecting behaviour on LinkedIn.
The basic tenet of Dux-Soup is that all automated actions are executed during automated profile visits on LinkedIn. As simple as that!
There’s no need to learn a new system as you will be using the same familiar LinkedIn interface.
Using Dux-Soup Pro, you have access to all LinkedIn features, like LinkedIn filters. You can choose to select your audience by group members, Alumni, lead lists, people who liked a post, and more.
Know your daily limits before starting your lead gen
Before you get started, let’s make sure that you understand your daily limits to keep your account safe.
So, after you have upgraded your Dux-Soup, the first thing you have to do is to set your Throttling options according to the type of LinkedIn account you use and the total number of connections you have at the moment. We recommend following these guidelines to make sure your account is safe.
By default, Dux-Soup is configured to stay below the allowance set by LinkedIn (100 visits per day). However, you can override this by going to the Dux-Soup Options panel, Throttling tab and checking the “I understand the risk” box.
You will then be able to select the limit you want from the drop-down. Be very careful with this to make sure your account is safe and keep in mind the following:
- If you have a free LinkedIn account, you can visit up to 100 profiles a day
- With a Business Premium account it’s 250 profiles a day
- Sales Navigator will let you visit 500 profiles a day.
For the number connection requests we always advise sending a maximum number of requests to 3-5% of the current number of 1st-degree connections, i.e. if you have 10.000 connections in total, you could send up to 500 requests per day.
Read more about best practises using Dux-Soup here.
So - we’ve covered basic set up and now onto finding and engaging with potential new customers!
1. Find Prospects
Your next step is to find your potential leads on LinkedIn. There are 3 major ways to search and visit profiles with Dux-Soup: 1) LinkedIn Search, 2) LinkedIn Groups, 3) Dux-Soup X-Ray tool.
The Search bar at the top of the LinkedIn page allows you to search for people, jobs, companies, posts, and more. To run a search on LinkedIn, you need simply to enter your keyword in the Search bar at the top of the page.
Note: Once you have entered a search keyword, make sure you have also selected the “People” filter from the bottom of the search bar.
One of the best ways to leverage your LinkedIn network is by joining LinkedIn Groups.
LinkedIn makes it easy to find Groups that are relevant to your business, or the audience you’re trying to reach. Within LinkedIn, you can perform a search in the search feature based on keywords and filter to find the right Group.
Make sure to spend the majority of your time on the key Groups you find that are managed well and have constant interactions.
Find more about the different benefits of joining LinkedIn Groups and expanding your network here.
Dux-Soup X-Ray is a handy option when you have reached your commercial use limit on LinkedIn. All that you have to do is to click on the XRay button from Dux-Soup drop-down menu and specify your search criteria in the following window:
Send a personalized connection request
Whether or not you are using the Dux-Soup LinkedIn automation tool or doing it manually, your lead generation journey on LinkedIn starts with the same single step - your connection message.
To send a personalised message to your 2nd and 3rd-degree connections (people you are not connected with), you need to click on the Dux-Soup icon in your browser and go to the Options panel, Actions tab. Then, enable the option to send personalised messages by clicking on both boxes:
Watch this in action here.
Note: We highly recommend sending a personalised connection message with your request because it stands out from the usual connection requests, looks more powerful and has
a much higher acceptance rate. In this blog, Adam Osman, Head of Marketing at Dux-Soup shares his experience and gives some extra tips on how to write connection messages that get results.
Send a personalized direct message
To send an automated message to your first degree contacts, you need to follow these steps:
1. First, load up a list of your 1st-degree connections by clicking on the link here.
2. The next step is to enable the feature to send a personalized message. Go to Dux-Soup Options, Actions tab and click to enable the feature as shown below:
3. When you are happy with your message, return to your LinkedIn page. Here, click on "Visit Profiles” from the drop-down menu:
Dux-Soup will start to visit your 1st-degree connections and send messages to profiles. See this in action by watching our easy tutorial on Youtube here.
Also, in this blog, we share some useful tips and templates for writing direct messages to your 1st-degree connections.
Dux-Soup offers a variety of skipping features that lets you target specific LinkedIn groups of people:
- Filter 'Influencers', 'Premium Members', 'Job Seekers', 'Open Link members', 'CRM imports'
- Filter Tagged Profiles
- Filter based on a Custom pattern
Find out how each one of them works here.
Tag and re-engage
You can set up auto-tagging by going to Dux-Soup Options, Actions tab and enable the feature to add a tag during the auto-visiting :
This means that when you visit profiles with Dux-Soup, you will see a pop-up message indicating that it's tagging the profiles:
Tip: You can see the list of auto-tagged profiles by using Dux-Soup Search by Tag tool:
Monitor your performance
The Dux-Soup Dashboard (known as the Dux-Dash) can only be fully accessed by Turbo users. It shows you what the bot previously did and what it’s about to do. However, this Automation History can also be accessed by Pro users via this link. It displays the following:
- The date when automated action took place
- Target URL
- Action details: direct message (messageProfile) or connection request (connectProfile)
- The success flag: “true” if the action has been successful and “false” if the action failed
- Message template. If you click on the “down” arrow, you can also see your message template along with other details.
The Dux-Dash isn’t the only way to track your performance. Once you hit the “Visit Profiles” button, Dux-Soup lets you know what action it’s currently running, for example:
Also, it displays a little action window in the bottom-right corner of LinkedIn that shows you it’s working:
If you’re sending connection requests, you can always keep an eye on your Dux-Soup performance here.
Download your recorded data
You can only download your visit/scan data if you have a Dux-Soup Pro/Turbo account - this feature is not available with the Starter edition. All recorded data will be downloaded as a CSV file format.
To download the data, go to the LinkedIn page and click on the “Download Data” button:
Note: The data collected differs if you select to download ‘Visit’ or ‘Scan’ data.
Visiting profiles is the most comprehensive way to get lots of data as the following fields are captured:
Note: In addition, when ‘visiting’ Dux-Soup is able to extract the profile’s employment history, education, and skills list.
Scanning profiles is much quicker than visiting as Dux-Soup does not have to open each profile one by one, but instead can quickly work through hundreds of profiles in minutes. The fields that are downloaded from scan data are the following:
Revisit data with Dux-Soup
Dux-Soup Revisit Data tool lets you revisit profiles based on previously downloaded files. Dux-Soup recognizes a certain format of the document and in order to work, you need to make sure your document contains these 3 columns, with these exact (case sensitive) column headings:
- Profile (LinkedIn URL)
- First Name
- Last Name
Please see an example below:
Join our webinar to learn more
Join our webinar on the 13th of October that will cover everything you need to get started with the Dux-Soup Pro LinkedIn Automation tool.
Giles Garnett, Head of Professional Services will show you (step by step) how to set up the basics - plus things like the Planner, safety settings and messaging. For all users of Dux-Soup Pro or those interested in seeing what it can do to boost lead gen!
PLUS lots of opportunity for live Q&A
Register now and find out how to get started with Dux-Soup!
**If you’re reading this after October 13th then watch the recording here.**
Book a Booster call
If you need more 1:1 help to get started you can also book a Booster Call with a product expert. This one-hour session is tailored for you and will provide help with your technical and process set up so you can be self-sufficient at lead generation with Dux-Soup Pro.
We hope that after reading this you’re able to start using the Dux-Soup Pro tool with confidence and will quickly start seeing benefits and results for your business.
If you’re reading this and are still undecided about Pro then visit our website for blogs, case studies and other information to help you make up your mind!
With monthly plans starting from $14.99 it won’t break the bank - so why not give it a go? We think you’ll like what you see.
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